Cambridge University, England, published a three-volume work of solid scholarship entitled, The Cambridge History of the Bible. It is a gold-mine of information on that important subject. In the final and concluding volume of this work is a great tribute to the Bible written by one of the editors of this work, S. L. Greenslade:
“Any attempt to measure the moral influence of the Bible would be presumptuous. We must be content to indicate some of the ways in which it has been at work, if possible without injustice to the moral teaching of Greece and Rome and of other civilizations. Some of its simplest lessons have been among the most far-reaching in effect, lessons which could have been learned from elsewhere, but were in fact taught to most western men by the Bible, either directly or indirectly in the simple moral instruction of the Church. Thou shalt not murder, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness; speak the truth, hold to your word, help other people, look after the poor, the widow and the orphan—the simple elements of personal ethics on which a decent society depends—these are not specifically biblical, but they have been drummed into us through the Bible, and, despite St. Paul’s excellent psychology in the seventh chapter of Romans (‘I had not known coveting, except the law said, Thou shalt not covet’), there must have been multitudes of beneficial moral decisions taken ‘because the Bible tells me to.’ That for centuries, generation after generation of Europeans and Americans have learned by heart the Commandments and the Beatitudes and the Parable of the Good Samaritan is a major, though incalculable, factor in their history. . .. When every necessary qualification and admission has been made, it remains surpassingly true that the Bible has been the preeminent source of moral reform, individual and social, for the western world.”
Great words about a great Book. One never wastes time reading the Classic of all classics.
Lanny Tanton is the Pastor at The Bible Church of the Lakes in Horseshoe Bay, Texas – just outside of Marble Falls. Pastor Tanton welcomes you to our website and hopes that you’ll enjoy reading these insightful blog posts. Please contact us if you have further questions!!